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As i often heat style my hair everyday, I was finding I needed some much required protection to help my hair be as beautiful it could possibly be, but I needed a product that wouldnt cost the earth at the same time.
I popped down to our local Asda supermarket and came across the Herbal Essences range. Looking at their brightly coloured and very attractive looking bottles, I scoured a product that would be suitable for my needs and eventually came across this split ernd creme.
The bottle itself is a lovely red colour and the product is simple enough to use. Once you have washed your hair and towel dried it, simply squirt a few dollops of this smooth, silky creme into your palm, rub between your hands and then apply to mainly your ends of your hair then style as usual. I find that after using this product, my hair does feel smoother and more silky. As for the split end protection? I find that I dont have as many split ends as I used to when heat styling my hair so yes it works in this way too.
The split end creme smells of a hint of red raspberries, so like all of their other products, smell lovely and fresh. The product is quite affordable too. In Asda I purchased this product in their current offer of two Herbal Essences products for £4, otherwise by itself costs £3,78, so it really is worth it to spend that little bit extra.
I have very damaged hair. It's genetics and there's really not a lot I can do unless I cut it into a crop. I rarely straighten it and try really hard to look after it, but unfortunately, split ends are ever present.
I experimented a lot with expensive shampoos and conditioners that claim to restore and protect, but I rarely noticed a difference. My housemate bought the hair mask product in this range and said it was fantastic so I looked at some of the other products in the range (as I don't really like hair masks). This cream stood out to me because you apply it after you've washed your hair and leave it in - it's so convenient and absolutely no hassle.
I use two pumps every morning on my wet (towel-dried) hair. It smells really nice and stays on my hair longer than shampoo or conditioner does. Here is what I've found from the product:
-It tames my tangles and makes combing much easier after a shower. This isn't one of the advertised effects, but I think it's a great one!
-It does noticeably reduce frizz and makes my hair look healthy. There are less flyaways.
Now I have no idea if this is actually fixing my hair, protecting my hair or if it just makes it look better, but it does look so much better. Obviously it would be fantastic if it was fixing it as well, but who knows! It also makes my hair feel nicer and generally in better condition and although I've never really suffered with dry hair myself, I think this would help if you did.
A lot of split end serums and products of this nature come in tiny tiny bottles which you get through in a matter of weeks (such as the Treseme serum), but this is 150ml and lasts me about 4 months using it every morning after my shower. It costs £4.49 from boots at the moment and it's very often on special offer.
You can buy 'beautiful ends' shampoo and conditioner to get the full set, but I don't use these as I always use Aussie shampoo and conditioner! The effect might be even better if you team it with the other products.
I give it 5/5 - it's affordable and it really makes a difference. I use it everyday and probably couldn't live without it anymore!
I really like Herbal Essence, as a range and as I suffer from dry and brittle split ends on my hair I thought I'd try to 'mend' them by using their Split End Protection Cream. I paid £3.79 for my bottle, though I have actually seen it on sale for about a pound or so more than this. I have actually paid a small fortune for some 'recommended' products to help with split ends, and I've been disappointed with an awful lot of them, however, I have to say that this one is particularly effective and it also didn't break the bank.
It's simple and easy to use and can be used on either completely dry hair or on hair which has just been washed and is still damp. Personally, I have never actually used it on dry hair and I have only ever used it after I have shampooed and towel dried my hair and I find it works a treat. It's really pretty impressive stuff.
The packaging of this product is plain and simple and before using you have to pull the plastic cap off. I apply a small amount of the fairly runny white cream on the palm of my hand and then rub both palms together to distribute before applying to the ends and midway down my hair. If you use this for the first time and you are unused to using a product like this, please don't make the mistake of using it too near to your scalp, otherwise you will end up looking like you've had a greasy bag of chips on your head! Another word of advice is to use less than you think you are going to need - you can always apply more later if you need to, but if you do use too much, as I did the first few times I used this, then you can end up weighing your hair down and making it look rather limp and lifeless.
I gently comb through with my fingers right to the ends and they dry and style as I normally would. I feel that my hair looks a lot better nourished really hydrated whenever I use this product. It looks glossy and though it's only a temporary fix, the ends do look a lot less split until I have washed the product out. It doesn't 'keep' them mended and it needs to be used every time I washed my hair from afresh.
The smell is gorgeous too. It has a light floral delicate aroma which lasts for ages and well after my hair has been dried and styled.
I really love this product. It is effective and it certainly works well and suits my particular hair type. It's a product I am going to keep on using because I love the way it makes my hair look healthier and in much better condition.
I bought this Herbal Essences Split End Protection Cream along with a few other items form the range ages ago when I saw them on offer in Morrisons for just £1.99 each. This was a definite bargain as the usual price for this product in Boots is £4.79.
The packaging is just as in the picture above; a red plastic cylindrical bottle with a semi-transparent plastic pull off lid. The bottle is opaque which means you can't see when you're running out, which I find annoying particularly with this type of product where you can't really tell a difference in weight whether it's full or empty. It has a press top dispenser to give a controlled amount meaning less is wasted.
The cream is fairly thin in consistency, I'd say it's similar to a thin conditioner really rather than a cream. It's white and has a silky smooth texture and a strong fruity-floral scent that is typical of the Herbal Essences range. I do really like the scent and once it's in my hair it's not too strong but it's noticeable all day. I've actually had a few people comment on how nice I smelt when this is the only fragranced product I've used.
The cream is designed to be used on dry or towel-dried hair, and should be applied through the mid-lengths and ends. I've used it on both dry and damp (towel-dried) hair and I personally prefer using it on dry hair, but this is just because I find it quicker to apply this way, the result is the same either way.
It's dead easy to apply, I just put a bit in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and then run my hands through my hair starting from the mid-lengths and running right through to the ends, paying particular attention to the tips. I don't need to use much at all on my fine hair, but obviously if your hair is thicker you will need more.
I find this leaves my hair looking super smooth and all signs of flyaways and split ends are completely smoothed away. It doesn't leave my hair feeling greasy, but you do need to watch how much you use as too much will result in a greasy look. As well as making my hair look really polished I find this feels like it's actually doing my hair some good, unlike most products of this type which are just purely cosmetic. It feels moisturising and nourishing and since I've been using it I have noticed a difference in the amount of split ends and flyaways I've been getting, so it must be doing something.
All in all I really like this product, I think it works a lot better than similar products I've used and is much better value than most, and it smells lovely! Definitely recommended.
A few weeks back, I popped into my local Pound Land as I was in need of a few haircare products. I spotted a bottle of Clairol Herbal Essences Beautiful ends split ends protection cream and decided to give it a try.
Clairol's Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split Ends Protection cream is presented in a dark red plastic bottle. The brand logo and product name are clearly displayed on the front along with a silver and purple swirly pattern. The back of the bottle gives general information including ingredients. Once opened the product should be used within twelve months. Directions for use are also given:
Lavish me through to your tips to give your hair the daily special treatment. Don't rinse out, just put me on towel dried or dry hair.
Clairol claim that using this product as directed will help protect hair against split ends and breakages and leave it strong and soft.
On top of the bottle is a nozzle which must be pushed down to release the cream. Unfortunately no matter how much I pushed down and pumped the nozzle the lotion would not dispense. I gave up in the end and unscrewed the lid completely before pouring some of the cream onto my hands. I guess it is possible that it was this particular bottle that had this defect and was therefore just a one off. Still, it was fairly annoying and disappointing.
The cream itself is white in colour and of a thick sticky consistency. To be honest I think the cream is a little too thick and perhaps this is causing the problems with the nozzle. It has a rather generic conditioner smell, its a little boring but fairly inoffensive. The fragrance is quite strong, bordering on over-powering, once applied to the hair it does calm down a little but it can still be detected on the hair for quite sometime.
I put my hair through quite a lot, I colour it, style it, straighten it and as a result my hair has began looking pretty damaged, particularly the ends. So when I spotted this product I thought it would be perfect for my hair but of course no product can repair split ends and I wasn't expecting this to be a miracle cure. My initial thought was that the lotion was too thick and that it may just make my hair look greasy however I was pleased to discover that it dried into my hair ends relatively quickly and left no unwanted sticky residues. That being said, I would advise only using a small amount and keeping it away from the roots. The product actually worked really well at taming my frizzy fluffy ends leaving them softer and feeling less dry than usual. However, I found that the results were temporary and long term it made no noticeable difference or improvement to my hair. I also didn't feel the product did much to protect the hair, it didn't feel any stronger and was still prone to split ends and breakages.
Considering I only paid £1 for the cream I am not overly disappointed, it works well as a leave in conditioner, but as it didn't live up to its promises of protecting the hair from split ends and breakages I can only give two stars.
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Boots (150ml) £4.79